This Week Possible for Martinez

(Busch Stadium) St. Louis Cardinals Manager Mike Shildt did not confirm that Carlos Martinez would rejoin the team on the upcoming road trip, but the signs are strongly pointing in that direction.

“We’ll check the travel schedule, see where the flights lead,” Shildt said with a smile. “It’s not unreasonable. It’s not hard to get to a lot of places out of Springfield.”

Working his back from the injured list due to a rotator cuff strain, Martinez will make his fourth rehab appearance later this afternoon in Memphis (AAA) before heading to Springfield (AA) later in the week.

“Carlos is going to throw an inning-plus today, then he’ll have two days off and then on Wednesday he’ll throw some version of multiple innings with pretty much like a 30-pitch cap,” Shildt shared.

In his last outing, Martinez threw 11 pitches in a scoreless inning of work for Memphis. That was preceded by 23 pitches in his second outing and six in his first (Peoria, A). He has not allowed a run and only one hit in his three appearances.

“He’s going through the progression,” Shildt outlined. “He went from ground-zero, build strength then you progress–which we have done nicely, which he did very nicely. Then you get into a situation of pitch, recover two days. Think about the recovery aspect. Pitch, two days off, pitch, one day off, pitch–not as much recovery, don’t extend him as far. One day off, pitch today. So if you throw an extra workload on him then, right? Day off, now he’s going to finish an inning and get another inning today. His biggest extension, up twice. Two days off, two innings. Is it maybe conservative? Yeah, he’s rehabbing. It’s Spring Training.”

The Cardinals will open a three game series in Texas against the Rangers on Friday.

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